The Pros and Cons of Airbags
If you have ever been in a car accident, you may have been bruised and beaten by the explosion of the airbag. Perhaps you felt the power of the device as it burst to protect your face from the dashboard. However, after you smack your face into a fully deployed airbag, you are probably not surprised that airbags can actually kill people rather than save them.
Airbags are extremely helpful in front-end car wrecks. They counter your forward momentum and prevent you from smashing your face on the steering wheel, dashboard, or even front windshield. Additionally, many auto manufacturers are now putting side-curtain airbags in their vehicles to protect you during side impacts and rollovers.
While you may get bumped and bruised by an airbag, studies show that they are worth it. Research has shown that airbags cut down on 10% of fatalities over just seat belts alone. Of course, people wearing glasses are at risk for minor lacerations if the lenses break against the airbag, but this is typically viewed as a minor pain as compared to a full face-plant into hard plastic.
On the other hand, another study showed that airbags have killed 26 children who were riding in the front passenger seat during an accident. It also found that 19 adults suffered fatal injuries from the deployment of airbags. Dual airbags, meaning the presence of an airbag in both the driver and passenger seats, are dangerous in some circumstances. Thus, frail passengers, elderly people, and people of shorter statures may want to think twice before riding in the front seat. Additionally, parents should consider the safety of their small children if they are allowed to ride in the front seat.
Sometimes, defective airbags can contribute to injury as well. If an airbag fails to deploy or explodes too powerfully, these can also result in injury and even death to the driver and passenger. This can cause lacerations, head trauma, and facial damage.
If you or someone you know has suffered injury due to a defective airbag, you should consider speaking to a personal injury attorney to help you defend your rights. For more information regarding motor vehicle accidents, product liability, and personal injury, contact a Wisconsin personal injury lawyer from Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling 800-242-2874 today.